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Frequently Asked Questions: Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Programs FAQs

Q: When is the admissions deadline for Academic Year 2016-2017?

Q: Where and how can someone obtain information on AUS?

Q: Where is AUS accredited?

Q: Is there any office or agency that officially represents AUS overseas?

Q: Does AUS offer afternoon classes, part-time or correspondence programs?

Q: Does AUS provide residency visas for its students?

Q: How long does it take AUS to issue student visas?

Q: What are the majors offered at AUS?

Q: Is AUS affiliated with any other American university?

Q: How do I apply for a master’s degree program?

Q: What is the minimum high school average for admission?

Q: What are the secondary education certificates accepted by AUS?

Q: Does AUS ask for SAT I, TOEFL and IELTS?

Q: Does AUS conduct entrance exams?

Q: If an applicant meets the admission requirements except for the TOEFL score or IELTS score, can he/she still join AUS?

Q: Does AUS conduct TOEFL exams?

Q: What are the procedures for applying?

Q: Does AUS accept transfer students?


In principle, we approve admission of transfer applicants. To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants should meet the following conditions:

  • They are in good academic standing, i.e., not on probation or dismissed from the institution from which they are transferring.
  • They are transferring from a recognized and accredited institution of higher education offering learning experiences equivalent to those offered at AUS and have successfully completed one or more semesters in that institution.
  • Prior to their admission to the institution from which they are transferring, they met the AUS requirements for admission.
  • They meet the English language proficiency requirements of AUS.
  • They submit official transcripts of their high school and college/university records along with the syllabi and descriptions of courses they seek to transfer.
  • They achieved at their institution a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) as required by AUS. For academic year 2016-2017, the required minimum CGPA is either 2.5 or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 depending on the type of institution the applicant is transferring from.
  • Courses taken more than five years prior to matriculation as an undergraduate student at AUS are not transferable. Furthermore, of the total credits required for a degree, a maximum of 50 percent of the credits completed in residence at another institution can be considered for transfer

    Furthermore, the minimum required course grade(s) to consider for transfer is either a C or a B depending again on the type of institution the applicant is transferring from. The appropriate academic division at AUS solely makes the decision on awarding credits.

    Q: How many courses does a transfer student have to complete before transferring to AUS?

    Q: What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required from a transfer applicant to be considered for admission?

    Q: How long does it take to inform a transfer applicant about the number of credits to be awarded?

    Q: Can AUS students transfer to any other institution of higher education in the United States or another country?

    Q: What is the maximum number of credit hours that may be transferred to AUS?

    Q: What are the tuition fees?

    Q: What are the housing fees?

    Q: What are the accepted forms of payment?

    Q: Does AUS offer scholarships or financial grants to students?

    Q: Are transfer students included in the scholarships policy?

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